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1 SETTING UP A HAM SHACK

2 THE THREE BASIC THINGS YOU NEED Transceiver Power Antenna SET UP A HAM SHACK

3 APROACH TO SETTING UP A SHACK Minimalist –Poorly designed, uncomfortable, poorly working radio Extreme –Money no object –Palatial shack Just Right SET UP A HAM SHACK

4 SHACK LOCATION ISSUES Comfort of operator Quiet - noise both ways Temperature, humidity Access to antenna Convenience to operator SET UP A HAM SHACK

5 POTENTIAL SHACK LOCATIONS Basement –Too cold in winter –Too damp – bad for equipment –But comfortable in summer Attic –Too cold in winter –Too hot in summer Outhouse Shack –Great for privacy –Must furnish Heat/AC –Security? Spare Bedroom –Best all around for comfort –Not good if someone ends up sleeping on floor! SET UP A HAM SHACK

6 SHACK LAYOUT ISSUES All important items within reach Plenty of tabletop room Room for laptop AC / Heat Comfortable chair A Window is nice L shape or U shaped counter Rig and keyboard in front, monitor above SET UP A HAM SHACK

7 EQUIPMENT TO CONSIDER Transceiver Backup transceiver or 2nd receiver Amplifier Computer (desk or laptop?) VHF station Rotor control Antenna switch External fans Wattmeter Antenna Tuner TV (for those slow hours!) SET UP A HAM SHACK

8 ANTENNAS Who are you talking to? –Don't need much to talk to a bunch of guys stateside –Need significant antenna to work DX or contest with reliability Antenna in location to minimize feed line runs Yagi on 10-20m definitely helps! Antennas: maximum height but minimal visibility Have multiple antennas per band –Backup in case of failure –Allows monitoring while operating Safety is paramount SET UP A HAM SHACK

9 ANTENNA QUESTIONS How high should be antenna be? If it didnt fall down last year, it aint high enough! SET UP A HAM SHACK

10 ANTENNA QUESTIONS If I run a wire through the attic will I be able to talk to people? Sometimes. And you can also get around town on roller skates in lieu of a car. SET UP A HAM SHACK

11 ANTENNA QUESTIONS I live in a development which doesnt allow antennas. What should I do? Move. SET UP A HAM SHACK

12 FEED LINE RG-8 / RG-214 feed line for HF runs –Best compromise of loss and cost RG-214 or even hard line for VHF runs –Runs over 75 feet require expensive hard line Ladder line for dipoles –Low loss can tolerate high SWR on antenna Most shacks have a combination of all of the above! SET UP A HAM SHACK

13 FEED LINE INSTALLATION ISSUES How long is the feed line run? How to you get from shack to antenna? –Feed line best run through basement or attic –Provides access through wall with weather and bug proofing Problems? –Not allowed to drill through wall (rental?) –Twin-lead - cannot be run inside Solution –Use window access panel - not great, but acceptable SET UP A HAM SHACK

14 OTHER IMPORTANT SHACK ITEMS Grounds! –Electrical safety ground (3-wire plug) –Common RF ground: braid to cold water pipe EPO Switch - good idea for safety Telephone wiring and location - RFI surpression Computer LAN Cable/Satellite TV - for those long nights! Refrigerator - for the cold ones Fire extinguisher – when conditions get hot! SET UP A HAM SHACK

15 The End! – SET UP A HAM SHACK


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